Join the Sloate Media Center team and guest artist Yuwei Pan, a New York-based multimedia artist, for a workshop on the technology behind deepfakes. Deepfakes are digitally manipulated videos that realistically generate faces so that a person appears to say or do something that they never said or did. Deepfakes are a notorious subcategory of synthetic media— algorithmically fabricated media produced by machine learning. Yuwei's research traces the emergence of Deepfake and probes how artificial intelligence has the power to distort reality, erode truth, and feed into the mis/disinformation ecosystem. Meanwhile, diving into the history of media-making, she questions what constitutes “truth”, who gets to do the truth-making, and how our sense of reality has always been distorted. Consequently, Yuwei brings to the table the suggestion that AI holds the potential to stimulate new kinds of creative art-making and conceptual speculation by opening up our imagination— allowing us to see what’s invisible and hear what has so far been inaudible. Finally, she will discuss what is at stake in the “art-ificial” and recommend next steps for future artists and media consumers alike.
For the workshop portion, participants will craft, film and produce their own Deepfake videos using a cloud computing service. Come with an open mind, and get ready to fake yourself!